Three die during bull runs in Spain's Valencia region

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Three die during bull runs in Spain's Valencia region
Valencian authorities have announced three deaths in a 24-hour period, all men who were gored during different bull runs in the region. (Photo by German Garcia / AFP)

Three men including a French tourist have died this week after suffering severe injuries during the 'Bous al carrer' bull runs of eastern Spain, emergency services said on Wednesday.


Two men, aged 50 and 46, died after being violently struck by bulls on Tuesday at a bull run held in the Meliana suburb of the eastern port city of Valencia, a local emergency services spokesman said.

A French tourist in his sixties who had been in intensive care since he was gored by a bull in the village of Pedreguer near Alicante on July 8th died on Monday, the spokesman added.


Bull running festivals, where groups of people run in front of one or more half-tonne fighting bulls, are a longstanding Spanish tradition with many towns holding such events each year.

The most famous is held in the northern city of Pamplona in July during San Fermín celebrations.

The week-long San Fermín festival sees hundreds of daredevils race every morning with six fighting bulls along an 850-metre (2,800-foot) course from a holding pen to Pamplona’s bullring.

Five people were gored at the festival this year which ended on July 14th.

Sixteen people have died at Pamplona’s bull runs since 1911.



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